From premium ales to ice-cold lagers, discover the vibrant South Bay craft beer scene that dwells near the Pacific coast.
1. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Quench both your thirst and hunger at this beloved Long Beach destination that toes the line between tradition and innovation. You’ll find 22 taps—on rotation—in addition to an extensive food menu featuring items like tater tot casserole, fried green tomato salad and all the BBQ essentials: ribs, brisket, pulled pork and more. 210 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, 562.436.4020. beachwoodbbq.com
2. Beer Belly Long Beach
After a successful run in Koreatown, this craft beer destination opened a second outpost in downtown Long Beach in late 2016. Discover a wide variety of beers from the greater Los Angeles area alongside a tasty menu ranging from short rib poutine mac and cheese to grilled broccoli and Brussel sprouts. 255 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, 562.436.2337. beerbellyla.com
3. Brouwerij West
Twinkling ceiling lights, picnic table seating and a rotating selection of food trucks (you can also BYOF—Bring Your Own Food) transform this giant warehouse into a welcoming watering hole for locals. Beer selections change every so often and feature playful names like Brilliant But Lazy, Dog Ate My Homework and Vampire Blues. 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, 310.833.9330. brouwerijwest.com
4. El Segundo Brewing Company
Located a hop, skip and jump away from LAX, this South Bay hops haven delivers a smashing selection of hop forward beers with hints of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. The locale also boasts a number of TVs, making this a perfect place to watch sporting events. 140 Main St., El Segundo, 310.529.3882. Twitter
5. Los Angeles Ale Works
Just shy of its one-year brick-and-mortar anniversary, grab a cold one at this brewery housed only a few blocks away from the Space X headquarters. Grab a seat in the tasting room—25 taps available, with beers rotating often—or the spacious patio decked with glowing string lights. 12918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, 424.456.4191. laaleworks.com
6. Monkish Brewing Co.
Beer. Hope. Love. With a slogan like that, why wouldn’t you want to swing by for a visit? This one-stop tasting room and brewery in Torrance also offers a small snack menu—nuts, pistachios and more—alongside a lineup of local food trucks. For a more relaxing experience, avoid going on can release days. 20311 S. Western Ave., Torrance. monkishbrewing.com
7. Smog City Brewing
Residing a stone throw’s away from Monkish Brewing Co., find an impressive brew selection at this spacious Torrance destination. Nature lovers will also appreciate—despite the brewery’s name—the company’s dedication to the environment; Smog City Brewing is the only brewery in L.A. County to join 1% for the Planet (a non-profit founded by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard) in which each participating company commits 1 percent of its gross sales to nonprofits that protect the planet. 1901 Del Amo Blvd.,Torrance, 310.320.7664. smogcitybrewing.com
8. Strand Brewing Co.
Kid-friendly? Check. Dog-friendly? Check (leashed and well-behaved only, please). Enough room for a game of cornhole? Yep, you guessed it. Check. Premium handcrafted ales, ample picnic seating and plentiful parking round out this craft beer experience, making it a go to spot for large groups. 2201 Dominguez St., Torrance, 310.429.4444. strandbrewing.com
9. Yorkshire Square Brewery
This Torrance hot spot brings bits of British flair to the South Bay beer scene. Expect cast-conditioned, hand-pulled ales paired with food like Totchos (Cajun tots topped with cheese sauce and Soyrizo). Did we mention you can also snap a photo with the Queen of England? A life-sized cut-out of the Queen of England, that is. 1109 Van Ness Ave., Torrance, 424.376.5115. yorkshiresquarebrewery.com